Category Profiles

An Interview With Juli Boit

An Interview With Juli Boit

When first author July Boit and her husband, Titus, read their children bedtime stories, the most popular being the old standards — “mostly Disney classics” like treasure island† Mary Poppinsand Cinderella-in which children, orphans or taken from their parents, have…

An Interview With Emanuel Xavier

An Interview With Emanuel Xavier

American Latinx poet, author, editor, activist and spoken word artist Emanuel Xavier was born in humble circumstances in Brooklyn. Growing up in the 1970s, he was abandoned by his father, bullied by other children and kicked out of the house…

Ruta Sepetys Makes History Thrilling for Readers

Ruta Sepetys Makes History Thrilling for Readers

It’s no surprise that international bestselling author Ruta Sepetys has won awards for compelling, emotionally gripping historical fiction that highlights moments in history that most young readers know little about. In her fifth novel I have to betray you (Philomel,…

An Interview With Cy Stein

An Interview With Cy Stein

A retired doctor examines the medicine and politics of ancient Rome ‘s Kirkus Review Cy Steinthe latest book, Caligula and me, calls the images in the book of Roman medicine “bloody,” but that’s not a criticism. The review also calls…

An Interview With Vikki Young

An Interview With Vikki Young

Vikki Young appreciates similarities, differences and color Most concept books that introduce color to very young readers stick to the artistic palette, but the New Jersey author Vikki Young strove to push the format in a direction that encourages readers…

An Interview With Rene Rawls

An Interview With Rene Rawls

Rene Rawls finds inspiration in a child detective citing Proverbs “If there is no enemy within, the enemy without can do no harm.” Rene Rawls identifies with this proverb; its wisdom has helped her for the past 17 or so…

An Interview With Yaroslav Barsukov

An Interview With Yaroslav Barsukov

Joysticks to Nebulae: SF Writer Yaroslav Barsukov In 2019, the Nebula Awards, presented by the Science Fiction/Fantasy Writers of America, inaugurated an award that salutes the writing talent behind video gaming. Yaroslav Coincidentally, Barsukov marks 2019 as the year he…

An Interview With Lori McMullen

An Interview With Lori McMullen

The Everglades and Marjory Stoneman Douglas inspire debut novel you can take Lori McMullen from the Everglades, but you can’t take the Everglades out of Lori McMullen. Currently a resident of Chicago, McMullen grew up in unincorporated Dade County, Florida.…